DAMARISCOTTA — Gloria Rhode, Senior Medicare Patrol Project, statewide coordinator, Legal Services for the Elderly, will discuss common healthcare scams at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main St. The talk also will cover how the scams are committed, how to identify a scam, and tips to protect yourself from fraud and identity theft.

Rhode will provide information to help identify fraud schemes associated with health related issues and services such as ambulance transport, consumer scams and medical identity theft, Medicare and prescription drugs, discount plans and cards.

Participation fee is $5, to reserve a seat for the workshop, call 563-1363.

The Maine Senior Medicare Patrol program is one of 54 programs nationally that help Medicare and Medicaid (MaineCare) beneficiaries prevent, detect and report health care fraud. The program not only protect older persons, but also helps preserve the integrity of the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Legal Services for the Elderly provides individuals 60 and older with free legal advice regarding health care, health insurance, Medicare (including Part D), MaineCare (Medicaid), Social Security and other public benefits, pension and retirement benefits, powers of attorney, consumer matters including creditor and bankruptcy problems, physical and financial abuse, guardianship defense and other issues.

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